G1000 Glitch Affecting Aircraft Deliveries
A hardware issue with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite has forced at least two airplane manufacturers to halt production temporarily as the avionics manufacturer hastens to fix the issue. According to a Garmin spokeswoman, there has been a noticeable increase in failures for the component that controls attitude and heading reference information. Although all the failures have happened during OEM test flights, she said, Garmin nonetheless has stopped production to fix the issue. As a result, Columbia Aircraft, which produces high-performance single-engine piston aircraft, laid off hundreds of workers and Cessna stopped its single-engine deliveries. A Cessna spokesman told AIN that the Citation Mustang is not affected because delivery rates of the jet are low enough that sufficient good parts are in stock. The Garmin spokeswoman said the company is “working on it extremely diligently” but that it has yet to find a solution.